America's Great Outdoors
As a tribute to National Parks Week, here’s a #TBT from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. In this short, we see Dan Perkins (USGS) standing on his horse “Cap” on top of Owachomo Bridge. We’re assuming, of course, that the horse didn’t get spooked suddenly. Thanks Dan for your bravery. Circa 1925. Credit: Lee, W.T., USGS

As a tribute to National Parks Week, here’s a #TBT from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. In this short, we see Dan Perkins (USGS) standing on his horse “Cap” on top of Owachomo Bridge. We’re assuming, of course, that the horse didn’t get spooked suddenly. Thanks Dan for your bravery. Circa 1925.

Credit: Lee, W.T., USGS

Arguably some of the planet’s most unique and spectacular geologic features are the narrow slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau — and the grand-daddy of them all is Buckskin Gulch in the BLM-managed Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness/National Monument. Straddling the Utah/Arizona border, this 13 mile long canyon is 400 feet deep and sometimes as narrow as six feet — not just at the bottom but all the way up to the canyon rims (thus the name “slot”). In places you can’t see the sky when looking up; only the sun’s indirect glow bouncing off the scalloped rock walls & creating an ever-changing colorful tapestry. Logs wedged between the narrow walls 20-30 feet above the stream-bed are a reminder to avoid the area during the summer monsoon, when flash floods combined with no escape routes make the canyon unsafe for hiking.Photo: Bureau of Land Management

Arguably some of the planet’s most unique and spectacular geologic features are the narrow slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau — and the grand-daddy of them all is Buckskin Gulch in the BLM-managed Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness/National Monument. Straddling the Utah/Arizona border, this 13 mile long canyon is 400 feet deep and sometimes as narrow as six feet — not just at the bottom but all the way up to the canyon rims (thus the name “slot”). In places you can’t see the sky when looking up; only the sun’s indirect glow bouncing off the scalloped rock walls & creating an ever-changing colorful tapestry. Logs wedged between the narrow walls 20-30 feet above the stream-bed are a reminder to avoid the area during the summer monsoon, when flash floods combined with no escape routes make the canyon unsafe for hiking.

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

This image was taken at Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park and includes Zodiacal Light and the Milky Way.Photo: Brad Goldpaint (www.goldpaintphotography.com)

This image was taken at Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park and includes Zodiacal Light and the Milky Way.

Photo: Brad Goldpaint (www.goldpaintphotography.com)

Road Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Utah.Photo: Bob Wick

Road Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Utah.

Photo: Bob Wick

Great shot of Double Arch in Arches National Park.Photo: Forrest Mankins 

Great shot of Double Arch in Arches National Park.

Photo: Forrest Mankins 

Stunning view from the depths of “The Narrows” in the back of Zion National Park. Beautiful weepy waterfall behind an epically sized rock perched in the center of a massive slot canyon with river running through it.Photo: Kurt Stephan (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Stunning view from the depths of “The Narrows” in the back of Zion National Park. Beautiful weepy waterfall behind an epically sized rock perched in the center of a massive slot canyon with river running through it.

Photo: Kurt Stephan (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This wildlife camera in Zion National Park gives a whole new meaning to the term “selfie.”Photo: National Park Service

This wildlife camera in Zion National Park gives a whole new meaning to the term “selfie.”

Photo: National Park Service

Another national park has joined Instagram! Click here to follow Zion National Park for more stunning photos of the Watchman and other iconic locations. And don’t forget we are on Instagram as well. Check us out here!Photo: Clint Losee (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Another national park has joined Instagram! Click here to follow Zion National Park for more stunning photos of the Watchman and other iconic locations. 

And don’t forget we are on Instagram as well. Check us out here!

Photo: Clint Losee (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Winter sunset over Arches National Park - Utah.Photo: Jacob W. Frank

Winter sunset over Arches National Park - Utah.

Photo: Jacob W. Frank

Some photos from America’s public lands are beyond words. This photo from Arches National Park by Jacob. W Frank is one of them.

Some photos from America’s public lands are beyond words. This photo from Arches National Park by Jacob. W Frank is one of them.